A garden party with flair

A cultured way to enjoy the fresh air this coming German bank holiday (May 25) is to visit the largest garden festival in the region.

Prince Maximilian zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg and his British-born wife, Princess Marissa, are this year changing the venue from their moated castle to a former monastery in Clarholz near Gütersloh.

The Anglo-German royal couple are inviting members of BFG to visit their 15th Frühling Im Park (Spring in the Park) between May 25 and 28.

If you are looking for something different to do with the family on Christi Himmelfahrt, a drive to Kloster zu Clarholz will be a memorable and highbrow experience.

And Sixth Sense has 10 pairs of tickets to give away, with details at the end of the article.

The four-day event in Herzebrock-Clarholz is a spring show with a local feel as some 120 exhibitors from the region display their quality products for garden and home against the backdrop of the former monastery build during the middle ages.

The event will have daily entertainment for the whole family including a children’s progamme. Punters will be able to taste some of the region’s best food while strolling around the impressive grounds, and those with green fingers can pick up some gardening advice.

Prince Maximilian and Princess Marissa would be thrilled to see members of the  BFG community at the festival on their vast estate.

“We are delighted to invite readers of Sixth Sense to come to Clarholz to our first spring fair at this location,” said Princess Marissa.

“It’s is situated on the B64 road that runs from Rheda to Warendorf. It is a very special place, a barock main building set in a park, with a charming church square nearby.

“It’s a hidden gem little known to many people.”

She added: “In the different areas around the former monastery, we have a wide range of exhibitors ranging from fashion, garden accessories, a food court to lamas.

“There will be a program of events suitable to all ages and interests, including cigars and wine tasting to canoing on water surrounding the monastery, musicians, art exhibition, and more.

“It is a great day out for the whole family in a historic setting.”

The down-to-earth aristocratic couple, who first met in England as students, say they feel a duty to share their property with the public.

“We’ve inherited this estate and we want to promote it, the town and the area,” said Prince Maximilian.

Princess Marissa is the granddaughter of the late Earl Fortescue who resided at Windsor Castle and wrote 24 volumes on the military history of the British Army.

The couple, who have four children, say they are “low key” royals but once a year, they up their public profile with the garden festival, which is expected to draw some some 15,000 visitors.

The venue is at Propsteihof 12, 33342 Herzebrock-Clarholz.

Frühling Im Park is open from 10.30am to 6.30pm. Entry fee is €10 per person with children under age 12 free. Youngsters aged 13-17: €3. Friday is Family and Friends day, with entry costing €9. Dogs are allowed if kept on a leash. The festival is located close to the A2. Simply park where signposted near the kloster grounds. More information is available form www.fruehling-im-park.de

WIN tickets to the garden festival

To enter the draw to win a pair of tickets to the enchanting Frühling im Park, between May 25-28, all you have to do is email carol@sixth-sense-newspaper.de with your name, address and daytime telephone number. There are 10 pairs up for grabs, which can be used once only. Deadline for entries is Monday, May 16.

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